It looks like the FBI and NSA have finally caught a break in the terrorist iPhone debacle.

TeenSafe, a child safety company, creates software that allows parents to spy view their child’s social network activity. However, the company has just released a brand new version of their software that allows parents to gain access to any and all activities that take place on their child’s cell phone.

TeenSafe lets parents view their kid’s text messages, including any texts that have been deleted. They can also get a GPS location on their teen’s device, monitor the phone’s browser history and call logs, and monitor Kik and WhatsApp messages.

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All without their kid, um, knowing they’re watching.

How does this spy safety software work?

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Image by TeenSafe via teensafe.com

You don’t even need to physically have your kid’s phone in order to use the software. It can be installed remotely.

Once everything is set up, all of the information is recorded from your child’s phone and uploaded to your private TeenSafe account that can then be accessed online.

Nothing will show up on your child’s phone so they won’t know that you are using the software (unless you tell them).

Is this even legal?

It may sound like this is pushing some legal barriers but as long as you are the child’s parent or guardian it’s completely kosher.

You may feel that you are stepping on the toes of morality if you don’t tell your child you’re spying, but TeenSafe states that every family is different and that when it comes to your child, it’s best to communicate with them how you see fit. Or just don’t tell them you’re a snoopy McSnooper. Whatevs.

Hey FBI, forget Apple, just ask the parents of a 15-year-old how to unlock that phone

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By Bryan Thomas via Getty

Digital privacy is a huge issue in today’s world. The FBI has recently been putting pressure on Apple to break into the iPhone of one of the offenders in the San Berndardino, CA terrorist attacks, a fact that’s continuing to make the tech community wince.

The FBI has the cell phone of one of the killers and does not have the pass code to unlock it. If they enter an incorrect pass code too many times on the device, all the information will be deleted. The FBI wants Apple to disable this feature so they can run as many combinations as possible to unlock the phone.

Apple’s CEO said that the company would not acquiesce to the FBI’s request, and that disabling the security feature would create a new precedent that would put the information and privacy of law abiding citizens at risk. Apple believes that it’s loyalty should lie with it’s customers, and that aiding in the ongoing investigation would open a door that can’t be closed.

Should Pandora’s box be opened?

This new advancement in digital snooping begs the same question as the Apple conundrum: where should the line be drawn when it comes to digital privacy? Who has the right to draw that line? If the government has the right to break into someone’s smartphone, does that give parents the right to do the same with their kids?

Is there a difference between the government accessing an alleged criminal’s information, and parents accessing their teen’s information?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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